Former Peterhead teacher dies aged 101

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A FORMER Peterhead teacher has died at his home in Inverurie aged 101.

Peter Nicol, the grandfather of former world number one squash player Peter, passed away at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary last Wednesday.

Mr Nicol was brought up in the Blue Toon where his father ran a bakery in Marischal Street.

At the age of 16 he joined Peterhead FC as a goalkeeper and remained at the club for three years before being forced to quit after fracturing his skull in a motorbike accident.

A change of career saw him study at Aberdeen University to become a primary school teacher and he returned to Peterhead to take up a teaching post at the North School from 1936-41 before later moving to Braemar as a head teacher and then to similar posts at both Port Elphinstone and Keithhall.

In an interview with the Buchan Observer’s Back in the Day publication back in 2009, Mr Nicol said: “I loved teaching and every school that I went to was a big challenge. You had to show the parents that you were on their side and once you did that you were laughing.”

Since his retirement, Peter enjoyed writing in his spare time and completed four books - Ramblins o’ a Dominie - which was serialised in the Buchanie - Ramblins o’ a Dominie (in verse) and The Dominie in Braemar.

Peter also enjoyed a stint as a columinst for the Buchanie as well as the Press and Journal throughout the 1950s.

He was a great lover of community affairs and he and his late wife May supported many charities and good causes.

He told us in 2009: “For over 20 years May and I delivered meals on wheels and we also drove the ambulance for old folks who needed to get their weekly game of whist. You just did what you can to help - which relaly makes life worthwhile.”

A member of Inverurie Town Council for many years, Mr Nicol was due to have celebrated his 102nd birthday in July.

Mr Nicol’s funeral will be held at 12 noon today (Tuesday) at Eric P. Massie Funeral Services Chapel, 76a High Street, Inverurie.